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Newham students told they are real rather than fake role models

10:54 15 March 2013

Graduation ceremony at Newham University Centre

Graduation ceremony at Newham University Centre

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Students at a degree awards ceremony were told there are fake role models about but that they were the “real deal”.

Dr Tony Sewell tells graduates they are the real role modelsDr Tony Sewell tells graduates they are the real role models

Educationalist, Dr. Tony Sewell, told graduates from Newham University Centre (NUC) that they should encourage young people in the inner cities to achieve.

He gave a speech to around 200 people including graduates, their family and friends at the centre’s East Ham Campus.

Dr. Sewell taught former students such as race equality campaigner, Doreen Lawrence OBE.

Dr Sewell said: “The fact is that you have gone though this journey, you had a lot of balls in the air, and you got through it. Now, no one can say that you can’t do it. There are some fake role models around but you’re the real deal.”

Graduate Carlton Gabbidon with his partner, Alina, and their baby at the ceremonyGraduate Carlton Gabbidon with his partner, Alina, and their baby at the ceremony

Dr. Tony Sewell runs Generating Genuis, a charity that seeks to turn young people from challenging backgrounds into academic achievers.

More 70 NUC students completed courses in leadership and management, counselling, combined studies, education studies and teaching.

Forty-per cent of the graduates gained a first-class grade.

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